Anecdotage of Glasgow
Cromwell and the Glasgow Shoemakers
When Crornwell with his officers attended divine
service in the high Church, he and they were faithfully dealt with by
sturdy old Zachary Boyd, who officiated on the occasion. Among the crowd
that were assembled to gaze at the general, as he came out of the church,
was a shoemaker, the son of one of James the Sixths Scottish footmen.
This man had been born and bred in England, but after
his fathers death had settled in Glasgow.
Cromwell eyed him among the crowd, and immediately
called him by his name. The man fled; but at Cromwells command one of his
retinue followed him, and brought him to the generals lodgings. A number
of the inhabitants remained at the door, waiting the end of the
extraordinary scene. The shoemaker soon came ont in high spirits, and,
showing some gold, declared he was going to drink Cromwells health. Many
attended him to hear the particulars of his interview,
and among others the grandfather of the narrator.
Theshoemaker said he had been a playfellow of
Cromwell, when they were both boys, their parents residing in the same
street; and that he had fled when the general first called him, thinking
he might owe him some ill-will, on account of his father being in the
service of the royal family. The shoemaker had been at service in the High
Church (Cathedral), and had observed, during the tirade of the preacher,
Thurlow, secretary to the general, rise and whisper to Cromwell, who
seemed to give him a short and stern answer. Being curious to know what
had passed, the shoemaker informed his auditors that Cromwell had been so
very kind and familiar with him that he ventured to ask him what
the officer had said to him in church.
He proposed," said Cromwell, "to pull
forth the minister by the ears; and I answered that
the preacher was one fool and he another."
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